Kshitij Gaur’s biggest problem with Brampton is the crowds.

He moved here three years ago from New Delhi to raise a family. He finds no problem finding community centres, shopping or schools. It just takes a while to get there. “The streets are very crowded. There is lots of traffic,” Gaur said.

Clearly, Brampton’s having some growing pains — in more ways than one. Census numbers from 2006 show Brampton has a higher proportion of children 15 and under — 22.9 per cent — than any Greater Toronto community.


Brampton bucks the nationwide trend, which actually saw the number of children under age 15 decline by 2.5 per cent over the five years from 2001-06. The proportion of under-15s across the country is 17. 7 per cent.

Youthful population

  • Brampton’s median age is just 33.7, five years younger than Toronto and almost six years less than the Canadian median of 39.5 years.